With an incredible number of vehicles and wacky ways to tweak your ride, Forza Motorsport 7 is fun and thrill unlimited. Alvin Thomas is in awe after logging a few hours in zippy cars.
Seven-hundred cars, more than 200 different race configurations, and over 32 locations at launch: that’s what Forza is bringing to the table this year with its Motorsport 7. And you know what? Those are just a start of things to come because, gosh, after spending three hours with this game, I could see that the game was nothing short of (as Mary Poppins would put it) supercalifragilisticexpialidocious – or in short – superb.
No, really! Starting from the slick and polished graphics, the easy-to-use interface and the expertly engineered physics engine, Forza Motorsport 7 is light years ahead of its competitors – if you can manage the tacky gaming experience Xbox provides you with.
True, Gran Turismo and Project Cars may appeal to a broader audience, thanks to its almost-cult-like fan-following and availability on the much superior PlayStation 4 platform (that’s right, I said it), but Forza scores where the former duo don’t; considering the intricate details when putting together a game.
While all games of today packs a lively weather system, Forza Motorsport 7 takes it one step further with the livelier “dynamic weather system”, which can change the weather settings during a race. The racetracks and the cars are also complexly designed to simulate real-world driving.
The designers (or shall I say engineers) have mastered each bump and crevice on the racetrack with efficacy. Even the exhaust notes of the cars are spot-on. Car enthusiasts (or “fanatics”, as we call ourselves) like us tend to appreciate such minute details.
Further enhancing the experience is the 4K or 1080p (Full HD at 60 frames per seconds) rendition; depending on your Xbox’s capabilities. The visuals are striking, even on the standard console.
As expected, you can take control of the game online or offline. The latter offers you hours of rampant game-time. You can opt for six championship tiers of increased difficulty and commitment, with a satisfying variety of racing series in each – should you want to take it up.
Thankfully – and unlike GranTurismo – you can choose exciting championships as you jump into the game. This means you can hop right into a 1960s Maserati 250F F1 racecar and zoom past the screaming audience as you aquaplane over the soaking wet and unforgiving Monza racetrack.
I can imagine that being quite an exhilarating experience – even for a sofa-ridden gamer.
And that’s what makes this game special: it caters to the needs of every gamer. You can be a professional racer
or a noob at the wheel; there is a setting for you.
It has everything GranTurismo brings to the world of simulation gaming, but takes it one step further and makes it accessible by giving players the ability to switch from a hardcore racing experience to a more arcade-style and forgiving setup.
I never thought I would say this, but Forza may have created the world’s best car-racing game. Now, if you will excuse me, I must go back to my hot-hatchback championship race in the streets of Dubai (in the game, obviously). Adios!
Developer: Turn 10 Studios
Director: Bill Giese
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Platform: Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
Genre: Racing video game